Friday, April 17, 2015

Check out this VTS Toys (VM-011) 1/6th scale Black Storm Guard 12-inch figure with Tavor

Resident Evil: Retribution is a 2012 American-Canadian-German science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the fifth installment in the Resident Evil film series based on the Capcom survival horror video game series Resident Evil. Resident Evil: Retribution is a direct follow-on from the previous film Resident Evil: Afterlife, and focuses on Alice (Milla Jovovich) captured by the Umbrella Corporation, forcing her to make her escape from an underwater base in the Arctic Circle, used for testing the T-virus.

In the movie, Oded Fehr plays a pair of clones of Carlos Olivera, a former Umbrella commando and love interest of Alice, who was killed in a sacrificial explosion in Resident Evil: Extinction. Carlos, who appeared in Resident Evil: Apocalypse and also Resident Evil: Extinction, was cloned after his death by Umbrella Corporation, creating a "Good Carlos" and a "Bad Carlos". "Bad Carlos" is part of Jill's commando group searching for Alice.


VTS Toys(VM-011) 1/6th scale Black Storm Guard will come with the following parts list: 1/6th scale real-like head sculpt, 12-inch action body, one pair of fist hands, tactical gloved hands x3. Costume / outfit: black leather coat, black leather pants, T-shirt, balaclava, BDU belt, combat boots, body armor, tactical rappelling harness. Weapons: TAR-21 assault rifle, TAR-21 magazine, MEPRO 21 reflex sight, tactical light, SF silencer, tactical rifle sling, USP match pistol, pistol recoil compensator, USP pistol magazine. Accessories: base jump helmet, helmet mounts, HD camera with helmet, FM50 mask, tactical glasses, figure display stand.

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Pre-order Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo Sixth Scale Figure by Threezero

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 2014 American 3D science fiction action comedy film based on the franchise of the same name. A reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series, the film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman, and stars Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Johnny Knoxville, and Tony Shalhoub.

Sideshow Collectibles and Threezero are thrilled to announce the Michelangelo Sixth Scale Collectible Figure based on the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014). Designed after the wise-cracking turtle Michelangelo's on-screen appearance, this accurate figure features interchangeable hands, a pair of nunchucks, sunglasses and a skateboard.


Michelangelo stands 30cm tall with Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness as seen in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) including Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture and Body with over 25 points of articulation plus Realistic paint application to highlight all the details and battle damaged effect. Also included: Interchangeable hands, Two (2) Nunchucks, Sunglasses, Skateboard

TMNT fans, don't miss your chance to add the jokester of the group to your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collection!

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Pre-order Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Sixth Scale Figure by Threezero

Pre-order from Sideshow Collectibles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 2014 American 3D science fiction action comedy film based on the franchise of the same name. A reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series, the film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman, and stars Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Johnny Knoxville, and Tony Shalhoub.

Sideshow Collectibles and Threezero are thrilled to announce the Leonardo Sixth Scale Figure from the blockbuster film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014). Standing 32.6cm tall and featuring a fully realized likeness of Leonardo from the movie with detailed wrinkles and skin texture. Leo comes with 25 points of articulation and his signature katanas ready for the fight!


TMNT fans, don't miss your chance to own the leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Kotobukiya Marvel Comics 1/6 scale Rogue - Danger Room Sessions - 12-inch Fine Art Statue

Kotobukiya’s amazing X-Men Danger Room Sessions Fine Art Statue series cannot be stopped! We’ve seen a variety of mutant heroes and even some reformed villains battling the holographic dangers in the X-Men training facility, and the latest fan-favorite character to enter the combat training facility is one of the most powerful mutants in existence, Rogue!

Born Anna Marie in Mississippi, the young girl’s mutant powers first manifested during a kiss with her childhood boyfriend. Suddenly she found herself absorbing his life energy, and subsequently ran away, taking the nickname Rogue in the process. When touching a mutant, she absorbs powers in addition to memories and skills, making her incredibly powerful and incredibly dangerous. During her early career she battled the current Ms. Marvel and seemingly absorbed her flight and super strength permanently.


A stalwart defender of X-Men and anyone in need of protection, Rogue embodies both power and beauty. The spirited mutant is captured in a great action pose, poised over the hand of a defeated Sentinel as she looks for the next threat. Flying over the wreckage, Rogue carries a piece of the trashed robot to use as a weapon (and a warning) to other foes. The mutant hero’s classic costume is beautifully recreated, with the bright green and yellow of the bodysuit standing out within her dark brown jacket. Always enthusiastic in the heat of battle, Rogue’s face is perfectly sculpted to show off her fighting spirit. As an added bonus you can display the X-Woman in either of two of her most popular looks from the comics with alternate portrait heads!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Comparison pictures of different 1:6 Star Wars Stormtroopers by Hot Toys, Sideshow, Medicom

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After reviewing the Hot Toys MMS267 "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" 1/6th scale Stormtrooper 12-inch Collectible Figure on my toy blog earlier HERE and HERE, the next thing I wanted to do was compare this Hot Toys Stormtrooper with the other 1:6 scale Stormtroopers that have been released by the other companies, namely Sideshow Collectibles, Medicom Toys and Marmit. Hot Toys gave the Star Wars Stormtrooper something the other companies never did, and that's the SE-14r blaster pistol which is covered in my post HERE. That's probably because the SE-14r is only seen in publicity photos for "Star Wars: A New Hope" and not actually seen in any of the films.


What we are all familiar with and used to seeing are Stormtroopers with their BlasTech E-11 blaster rifles. The Stormtrooper Blaster, E-11 BlasTech Standard Imperial weapon of choice, is actually a souped up Sterling L2A1 with foldable stock. The Sterling submachine gun was trialled with the British Army in 1944–1945 as a replacement for the Sten, but it did not start to replace it until 1953. It remained in use until 1994, when it was phased out with the introduction of the L85A1 assault rifle. Ironic that such an old weapon would be re-imagined as a high tech sci-fi rifle.

But then again, Star Wars was produced before CGI was even invented so most props had to be made from something else that existed and many of the weapons produced in the films were visually modified or based upon real-world weapons. This was also partly because Star Wars creator George Lucas was determined that the universe he envisioned would have a "lived-in" look to it. So while the Sandtroopers did get the weathered, worn and dirty / dusty look, the Stormtroopers got to keep their white pristine shiny armor intact, always looking like they just came out of the factory. Actually, they were that clean but the whiteness of the armor was too overwhelming.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hot Toys Star Wars Celebration Exclusive: Star Wars Episode IV 1/6 scale Spacetrooper Figure

Star Wars Celebration has been one of the biggest gathering events for Star Wars fans since its inception. With the long awaited sequel to the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, hitting theatres worldwide later this year, it has made the Celebration all the more special!

Today we are happy to let fans know that Hot Toys will be making an appearance at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015 in a few days! To welcome this event, Hot Toys is excited to present the new 1/6th scale Spacetrooper Collectible Figure as a Star Wars Celebration Exclusive item, please stay tuned with your local distributor for pre-order details!


The Spacetroopers are assigned to operate in Zero-G environments and true Star Wars fans would notice these troopers making their appearance when the Millennium Falcon was first captured by the Death Star.

The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Spacetrooper in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. This specialized trooper features a beautifully crafted armor and helmet, a highly detailed Spacetrooper rebreather pack with detachable parts, two types of blasters, and a specially designed figure stand.

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Check out Phicen (PL2015-77) 1/6th scale Z-Girl 12-inch female action figure – Zombies are IN!

Warrior. Hero. Zombie.

Discovered in the Mongolian desert in the 3rd century BC by the father of Taoism, Lao Tzu, Z-Girl is a highly functioning zombie with both a consciousness and a conscience.

A fierce warrior, for several centuries she has led the four Tigers, human hosts of ancient Chinese warrior spirits, into battle against monsters and demons that threaten to wipe out humanity. While Tigers have died over the centuries and their spirits gone to inhabit new hosts, Z-Girl has survived and endured. The tattoos on her shoulders are shared with her teammates, allowing them to find each other through Tao and reunite after they have been separated.


Regenerative mists and herbs found at the peak of China’s Mount Huashan enable Z-Girl to keep her innate zombie hunger for flesh at bay, but the effect is only temporary. Though she has willingly put herself in harm’s way many times in order to protect humanity, she knows that deep down, she is still a zombie and until the end of her days must always be on guard against her urges.

Z-Girl is humanity’s last hope against extinction.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Worldbox VT003 1/6th Durable Body - narrow shoulder, good posture most ideal for kitbashing

There is a distinction between 1:6 scale collectors who choose to simply display their figures in the original box, and playscale miniaturists. Playscale Miniaturism, a.ka. 1:6 scale modeling, is a hobby focusing on the collecting and / or customization of commercially produced 1:6 scale action figures and accessories. Consistent with other forms of miniaturism, many enthusiasts make their own custom uniforms, weapons, helmets, and equipment. Kitbashing is another component of playscale miniaturism. This involves the mixing and matching of clothing and accessories from different sources to achieve the desired look.

1:6 scale is fairly new to the modeling world, having been standardized in the early 1960s through Barbie and G.I. Joe toys (it is not clear exactly when these figures were first used for mainstream modeling purposes). Playscale miniaturism (with emphasis on articulated figures) emerged as a hobby in 1964 when the toy company Hasbro introduced the first fully articulated action figure: G.I. Joe. Unfortunately, by 1976, GI Joe was no longer produced in 1:6 scale although the U.K. equivalent, Action Man, continued on for much longer. In the early 1990s Hasbro began reproducing G.I. Joe in 1:6 scale again as a Classic Collection marketed towards adults. The shift in focus towards collectibility rather than marketing the figures as a toy invited competition, and soon other companies began to market detailed 1:6 figures toward adult consumers.

And that is where we are today :) The 1:6 scale collectible market is alive and strong, and growing too judging by the number of new entrants into the market, although most of the numbers are made up of Hot Toys collectors who seem to choose to simply display their figures in the original box - see my recent toy blog post "Hot Toys Collector or Hot Toys Box Collector? Age-old question: To open / not to open the toy!" HERE


This upcoming Worldbox VT003 1/6th Durable Body - narrow shoulder, good posture seems most ideal for kitbashing. You don't need a 12-inch figure body if you only collect Hot Toys figures because they all come with a body already. But if you are into 1:6 scale kitbashing or customization, then a good 12-inch figure body is one of the required items on the list. Worldbox VT003 1/6th Durable Body set specially features: Newly developed narrow shoulder body, good posture! Body is approximately 30 cm tall with two pairs of interchangeable arm including: One pair of seamless arm joints, may be bent 90 degrees; One pair of non-seamless arm joints. Body is suitable for 1/6th scale fabric costume and accessories. Accessory: Figure display stand

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hot Toys MMS267 "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" 1/6 Stormtrooper 12-inch Figure Review II

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"It's them! Blast them!"

IMHO The Stormtrooper is so beautiful in its design, for lack of a better word. The Star Wars Stormtrooper and its design has certainly withstood the sands of time and its classic look never becomes outdated. The moment they stepped onto the giant screen, everyone was sold though many might not readily admit it haha. Is it wrong to be secretly rooting for the bad guys with their all white glorious armor as they battle the rebel troops dressed in uniforms made out of mainly fabric which offered little protection against these elite Imperial shock troops? The fact that the design is also used consistently with some alterations for the other Imperial forces gives it even more recognition and the impression that this is a huge army with many differed professions all loyal to and in support of the Emperor and the Galactic Empire. Makes you think twice about messing with them. That is, until they open fire LOL Then you realize that they can't see well out of their helmets and they can't shoot straight to save their lives. Otherwise, our heroes would have been long dead when they were trapped in the Death Star. Nevertheless, let's not take away the pure awesomeness that is these Imperial Stormtroopers.


Hot Toys has done a great job in replicating the Stormtroopers into 1/6th scale articulated models, from the helmet to the body armor worn over black body glove. None of the figure's articulation is adversely affected by the nice-and-tight armor and this 12-inch Stormtrooper can certainly hold some nice poses without keeling over, which was a major problem with the Sideshow Collectibles Stormtrooper, released in 2009 and reviewed on my toy blog HERE and HERE. Hot Toys also released the MMS268 "Star Wars: Episode IV" 1/6th scale Stormtroopers Collectible Figures Set of 2 (previewed HERE) featuring bodies with two different heights just like how these non-clone soldiers appear in the film.  This single trooper set is the taller of the two and rightly so as I would rather get two of these than to have one tall and one short trooper. After all, these are not Han and Luke masquerading as Stormtroopers to rescue Princess Leia. I prefer my Stormtroopers to be of the same height if I can help it. They look much better when they are of the same height and size. Height difference will not matter if you have an entire army of troopers but when there are only a couple, height matters a great deal, to me anyway.

In the first part review on my toy blog where I covered the box packaging and its contents, I also posted pictures of this Hot Toys 12-inch Stormtrooper figure with his SE-14r blaster pistol which was only seen in publicity photos for "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" and not actually seen in any of the films. In this second part review, I've posted photos of Hot Toys Stormtrooper with the BlasTech E-11 blaster rifle which is the standard issue weapon of the Stormtrooper Corps and one of the most commonly issued rifles in the Imperial Military.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Preview Kotobukiya DC Universe 1/10th scale The Flash Classic Costume ARTFX+ Statue

Kotobukiya’s groundbreaking DC Comics Classic Costume ARTFX+ Statue series brings you brand new non-articulated comic book characters based on vintage 1980’s Super Powers action figure sculpts enlarged to 1/10th scale.

Speeding his way into your collection after Superman (posted earlier on my toy blog HERE) and Green Lantern (previewed HERE) is the fastest man alive, The Flash! Retro is in and you can celebrate the great action figures of yesteryear with this vintage-inspired Barry Allen Flash resembling a classic five points-of-articulation toy.


An all new sculpt updates the classic style yet retains the nostalgic feel, and collectors will immediately recognize the inspiration for this look. The Flash stands in a classic action figure running pose, his elbows bent as he starts to pick up speed. Whether you had the original Super Powers figure or not you’ll love the bright colors of this new version with the eye-catching scarlet costume, yellow highlights, lightning symbol on his chest, and of course Barry’s blue eyes.

Sculpted by Naoya Mutou, The Flash Classic Costume ARTFX+ stands just under 8 inches tall (1/10th scale) on his included magnetic display base with perfect stability. Collect all of the DC Comics Classic Costume Statues with the previously released Superman and Green Lantern and upcoming characters like Batman, Robin, and more (sold separately)!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Incoming: Hot Toys Avengers: Age of Ultron 1/6th scale die-cast War Machine Mark II figure

The much awaited sequel, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, will be hitting the theatres very soon! In anticipation of the launch of this epic blockbuster, Hot Toys is excited to present the new 1/6th scale War Machine Mark II Collectible Figure as a Hot Toys Exclusive item! It is also the latest addition to our MMS Diecast Series which the collectible figures are made of diecast material, and realistically designed to look even more like the armor as it appears in the film.

The movie-accurate War Machine Mark II Collectible Figure is crafted with great details and based on the image of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine Mark II in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It features a highly detailed head sculpt, metallic black and dark silver colored armor with decals, LED light-up functions, rotatable machine gun, and a specially designed Avengers: Age of Ultron figure stand.


Gear yourself up for this super exciting film and expand your Avengers: Age of Ultron collection with this diecast collectible figure as “War Machine rocks”.

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Art Figures AF-017 1/6th R.I.P.C. Rest In Peace Cowboy is R.I.P.D. Roy Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges)

R.I.P.D. is a 2013 American science fiction action-comedy film starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds. Robert Schwentke directed the film based on a screenplay adapted from the comic book Rest in Peace Department by Peter M. Lenkov.

Veteran lawman Roy Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges) works for the R.I.P.D. (Rest In Peace Department), a legendary police force charged with finding monstrous spirits who are disguised as ordinary people but are trying to avoid their final judgment by hiding out among the living. When Roy and his new partner, Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds), uncover a plot that could end all life, they must discover a way to restore the cosmic balance or else watch the tunnel to the afterlife start sending angry souls back to the world of the living.


This looks like a 1:6 scale version of Jeff Bridges as Roycephus "Roy" Pulsipher, a United States Marshal and former American Civil War soldier from the Wild West and veteran officer of the R.I.P.D.

Art Figures AF-017 1/6th R.I.P.C. Rest In Peace Cowboy 12-inch figure will come with Real life likeness 1/6th scale head sculpt, 12-inch Figure Body, White shirt, Gray vest, Dark Blue tuxedo, Dark Blue trousers, Scarf, Silver pistol, Golden Pistol, 2 Holsters, Police Badge, Cowboy hat, Leather shoes, Belt.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Review 1: Hot Toys MMS267 "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" 1/6 Stormtrooper 12-inch Figure

From "Men in Black" (see my previous toy blog post HERE) to troopers clad in all white armor!

This is the recently released Hot Toys MMS267 "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" 1/6th scale Stormtrooper 12-inch Collectible Figure (part of my April 2015 haul posted HERE)

Stormtroopers are the elite shock troops of the Galactic Empire. They wear imposing white armor, which offers a wide range of survival equipment and temperature controls to allow the soldiers to survive in almost any environment. Stormtroopers wield blaster rifles and pistols, and attack in hordes to overwhelm their enemies. Along with standard Stormtroopers, the Empire has organized several specialized units, including snow-troopers and scout troopers.

Needless to say, the Stormtroopers are one of the most iconic images of the Star Wars saga and I've liked them the moment I saw them appear on the big screen in May 1977. In 1977, it was just called "Star Wars" (no sequel or prequel was even planned then as nobody knew what the response to the film would be like) and when the movie opened with a space battle between two starships in orbit around the desert planet of Tatooine, mouths were left wide open gaping in awe and everyone was just wondering when the mammoth Imperial star destroyer, the Devastator, would stop filling up the screen. Then the small Rebel blockade runner, the Tantive IV, was boarded by stormtroopers from the Empire's 501st Legion.


The design of these Star Wars Imperial Stormtroopers have remained timeless. They never look outdated and anytime you take a look at them, they always remain relevant. The simple yet elegant white armor, the ominous and anonymous helmet / mask have captured all our imagination and they will always look cool as soldiers from a galaxy far far away, never mind that they seem to miss their targets every time they open fire.

There have been quite a number of 1:6 scale Imperial Stormtroopers released over the years – see the links below this post (and I don't count the Hasbro released FAT troopers as one of these) – and this latest 12-inch Stormtrooper figure by Hot Toys certainly deserves some attention.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Check out 303Toys No.: 35003 1/6th scale Qin Soldier with sword (China Qin Dynasty soldiers)

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This is one of three China Qin Dynasty soldiers 303Toys will be releasing soon. 303Toys No.: 35003 1/6th scale Qin Soldier 12-inch figure with sword (China Qin Dynasty soldiers) will come with 1/6th scale Head sculpt, 12-inch figure Body, Clothes, Pants, Scarf, Shoes, Leg cloth, Armor, Helmet, Sword, Arrow x 3, Arrow basket / Quiver, Hands x 5, Action figure stand.

I'm pretty sure the 1/6th scale head sculpt is of someone famous in Hong Kong, most likely an actor but I just can't seem to place a name to the face. This is the only figure of the three previewed to have a helmet over his head. He also has a sword and seem to carry extra arrows for the crossbow archer previewed earlier.


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Preview 303 Toys No.: 35002 1/6th scale Qin Soldiers Crossbow (China Qin Dynasty soldiers)

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This is one of three China Qin Dynasty soldiers 303Toys will be releasing soon. 303Toys No.: 35002 1/6th scale Qin Soldier 12-inch figure with Crossbow (China Qin Dynasty soldiers) will come with 1/6th scale Head sculpt, 12-inch figure Body, Clothes, Pants, Scarf, Shoes, Leg cloth, Armor, Crossbow, Arrow x 2, Hands x 4, Action figure stand.

The 1/6th scale head sculpt does bear some resemblance to Hong Kong actor Donnie Yen. A crossbow is a type of weapon, based on the bow, consisting of a horizontal bow-like assembly mounted on a stock, that shoots projectiles called bolts or quarrels. Historically, crossbows played a significant role in the warfare of East Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean. The invention of the crossbow in ancient China caused a major shift in the role of projectile weaponry. The crossbow was the first projectile weapon to be simple, cheap and physically-undemanding enough to be operated by large numbers of conscript soldiers, thus enabling virtually any nation to field a potent force of ranged crossbowmen with little expense beyond the cost of the weapons themselves.


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303Toys No.:35001 1/6th scale Qin Soldier 12" figure with Spetum (China Qin Dynasty soldiers)

This is one of three China Qin Dynasty soldiers 303Toys will be releasing soon. 303Toys No.: 35001 1/6th scale Qin Soldier 12-inch figure with Spetum (China Qin Dynasty soldiers) will come with 1/6th scale Head sculpt, 12-inch figure Body, Clothes, Pants, Scarf, Shoes, Leg cloth, Armor, Spectum, Shield, Hands x 4, Action figure stand.

The 1/6th scale head sculpt does bear some resemblance to Hong Kong actor Andy Lau. A spetum was a pole weapon used in ancient battles. The design of a spetum is very efficient for combat. The main blade is long enough to destroy any significant organ in the human body with one quick thrust. The blunt backs of the side blades make the spetum extremely useful for a variety of uses such as tripping and knocking aside shields, but more importantly they provide far more strength to the sharpened side and points than is possible with any dual-edged construction.


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sideshow Collectibles DC Comics Modern Age Batman Premium Format Figure over 2 feet tall

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A classic returns!

Based on one of our most popular DC Comics collectibles to date, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to introduce the 'Modern Age' version of the Batman Premium Format™ Figure. Featuring the Dark Knight disguised in his blue and grey costume with yellow Bat emblem and utility belt. Towering over two feet tall, the Caped Crusader stands atop a stone gargoyle, looming over the insidious criminals of Gotham City. Expertly crafted and hand-painted, this dynamic figure features two unique head sculpts, including a new portrait inspired by his comic book appearances of the 80's and 90's.


Sideshow Collectibles DC Comics Modern Age Batman Premium Format Figure Product size: 25" H (635mm) x 10" W (254mm) x 17" L (431.8mm)

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Review II: 1:6 scale Z.E.R.T. (Zombie Eradication Response Team) Jameson Deathridge Figure

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I had posted pictures of the box content and all the 1:6 scale accessories, gear and weapons that came with this recently released USA exclusive (production run of only 600 pieces, not sold outside the U.S.) Z.E.R.T. (Zombie Eradication Response Team) 1:6th scale Jameson YoungBlood Deathridge 12-inch Action Figure by E&S (Easy and Simple) in the first part review on my toy blog HERE so now it's time to see how he looks in some action poses.

Z.E.R.T. is an organization that uses “Zombie” as a metaphor for any natural or man-made disasters that will occur in our lives; Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, criminal attacks or any type of situation where being prepared, trained and most importantly, armed with the proper mindset is required to see you and your family through to safety. Z.E.R.T. was officially launched in Las Vegas, November 2011 and now has 10000+ members in 35 different countries! Over 600 of these members are located in Las Vegas Nevada USA.


This 12-inch figure is based off the fictional Z.E.R.T. comic book character. I had a lot of fun putting this guy together. That's the difference between 1:6 scale military collectors and a lot of Hot Toys collectors. I started out on this hobby (1:6 scale modeling a.k.a. Playscale Miniaturism) by collecting 12-inch military figures which meant taking the basic figure out of the box and putting on all his kit and gear. So did Hot Toys founder Howard Chan before he started the company. Hot Toys first foray into the 1:6 scale market was producing and releasing 12-inch military figures (they were releasing uniform sets even before that) and the first Hot Toys 12-inch figure ever released in 2000 was the 1/6th scale F-14 Tomcat aviator / pilot action figure "Jack Carter" who was a dead ringer for a 1:6 scale Tom Cruise as LT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell from the 1986 movie "Top Gun" – Check out my post HERE

Since then, Hot Toys has gone into the movie merchandising business and a lot of people have seen their products, fell in love with them or got poisoned by them depending on how you look at it and given up all their hard earned money for Hot Toys products. Many are hard core Hot Toys collectors but have never tried their hand at 12-inch military figures. 12-inch military figures require quite a bit of assembling and part of the fun is to gear up the figure and put on all his stuff as if you would in real life to yourself because that is what a real operator does. The challenge is assembling all the small tiny parts and trying your utmost best not to break anything in the process. A lot of Hot Toys collectors, on the other hand, simply remove the figure from the box and displays said figure. Any complex assembling has to be already done at the factory and delivered to the Hot Toys collector as a complete product as most of them have never put anything together on a figure before in their lives and probably wouldn't be able to do it if asked to.

The advantage of collecting 12-inch military figures is that when you get to examine and gear up the figure yourself, you get to appreciate all the finer details of the 1:6 scale gear, weapons and accessories, and the kind of load a soldier has to carry into battle, and all the advancements in technology he has at his disposal to give him the upper hand, in the case of the better equipped modern warrior. Case-in-point, this Z.E.R.T. (Zombie Eradication Response Team) 1:6th scale Jameson YoungBlood Deathridge 12-inch Action Figure.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Z.E.R.T. (Zombie Eradication Response Team) 1:6 Jameson Deathridge 12" Figure - Review 1

From warriors of a bygone era (see previous post) to a modern warrior of the current age. This is the recently released USA exclusive Z.E.R.T. (Zombie Eradication Response Team) 1:6th scale Jameson YoungBlood Deathridge 12-inch Action Figure by E&S (Easy and Simple) which has a production run of only 600 pieces and wasn't sold outside the U.S. I was quite happy to score this figure (this was part of my February haul - posted HERE) but I only got to unboxing it recently. You can check out the reviews on my toy blog in this post and the NEXT.

This guy doesn't actually exist. This 12-inch figure is based off the fictional Z.E.R.T. comic book character. In the comic book series, Jameson YoungBlood Deathridge is a retired Force Recon Marine, now working Proliferation Operations for the C.I.A. He is chasing signs of a terrible plague sweeping across the Middle East. Deathridge’s American Special Operations team fights to contain the evil before it spreads.


Sounds familiar? A bit like Brad Pitt's character in the 2013 American disaster zombie film "World War Z" directed by Marc Forster. The film stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a former United Nations investigator who must travel the world to find a way to stop a zombie pandemic. The same company, E&S also released a 1:6 scale Zombie Survivor set based on Gerry. You can check out my reviews HERE and HERE. While the figure is fictional, the gear and equipment he has on him are all real and accounted for in 1:1 scale. There's even a Z.E.R.T. web page and organization. Z.E.R.T.’s Cadre is made up of Special Forces Instructors who use their vast knowledge and ‘real world’ experience to teach civilian members. Z.E.R.T.’s Cadre has also trained over 100 state and federal officers in 4 states.

For my first-part review of this E&S 1:6 scale Z.E.R.T. (Zombie Eradication Response Team) Jameson YoungBlood Deathridge 12-inch action figure, I have posted 35 pictures... with more to come. What can I say? This figure deserves all the attention. Enjoy :)

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Early April 2015 Haul: "X-Men: Days of Future Past" Wolverine & Star Wars 12" Stormtrooper

Picked up these two 12-inch figures for April 2015: Hot Toys MMS264 "X-Men: Days of Future Past" 1/6th scale Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) Collectible Figure and Hot Toys MMS267 "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" 1/6th scale Stormtrooper Collectible Figure.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 superhero film based on the fictional X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics. Directed by Bryan Singer, it is the seventh installment of the X-Men film series and acts as a sequel to both 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand and 2011's X-Men: First Class. The story, inspired by the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline "Days of Future Past" produced by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, focuses on two time periods and Wolverine going to 1973 to save the future of mankind. The film stars an ensemble cast, including Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart.

So how is it that Hot Toys only produced and released a 1:6 scale Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) figure? What about the rest of the X-Men? Sometime back in 2012, Hot Toys had previewed the 1:6 scale James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X collectible figure from X-Men: First Class at their exhibitions (you can see the pictures HERE) but it was subsequently cancelled. Looks like there won't be any other mutant being made in 1:6 scale except Wolverine. Hot Toys also only released a 1:6 scale Wolverine from X-Men: The Last Stand - see my toy blog post HERE of the Hot Toys MMS187 "X-Men: The Last Stand" 1/6 scale Wolverine Limited Edition 12-inch Figure.


This Hot Toys MMS267 "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" 1/6th scale Stormtrooper Collectible Figure will be my very first Hot Toys Star Wars 12-inch figure. News that Hot Toys will also be releasing Star Wars figures brought out mixed feelings for me. Sideshow Collectibles hasn't done too bad a job especially with their armored trooper figures. They have also been improving greatly on their head sculpts and Hot Toys' steadily rising prices has not done them any good as far as I am concerned. Still it has been a while since we have seen a good and solid 12-inch Stormtrooper figure so I had to see how Hot Toys Stormtrooper fare.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Hot Toys "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Exhibition reveals Ultron Mark I, Ultron Sentry, Iron Legion

The "Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Exhibition” Hot Toys Asia tour officially begins today!

At the first stop in Hong Kong, “Team Up at Hysan Place & Lee Theatre Powered by Hot Toys”, the ground-breaking 4m tall Hulk VS Hulkbuster life-size display outside the Hysan Place entrance and the 3.3m tall Hulkbuster life-size statue outside Lee Theatre have captured many visitors’ attention!

At the atrium of Hysan Place, life-size statues of Ultron Prime, Iron Man Mark XLIII, and The Incredible Hulk have also landed at the Avengers Tower-themed venue. A large number of Avengers: Age of Ultron collectibles by Hot Toys are showcased for fans to enjoy up close in person!


The 1/6th scale Iron Legion, Ultron Mark I, Ultron Sentry, War Machine Mark II from Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Movie Promo Edition Mark VII (Stealth Mode Version) collectible figures, Hulkbuster Cosbaby (S), and Series 2 of Artist Mix Figures Designed by TOUMA are shown for the first time ever worldwide!

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An American icon: Official 1/6th scale Stan Lee 12-inch Action Figure by Das Toyz - "Excelsior!"

It's the man himself!

An American icon, Stan Lee is a comic book writer since the 1940’s. He is also an editor, publisher, media Producer, television host, actor, and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. In collaboration with several artists, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men, and many other fictional characters, introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books.

Stan Lee also led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation making it what it is today. He was inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of fame in 1995. Stan Lee received a National Medal of Arts in 2008.


Das Toyz is proud to present the "First Ever 1:6 Figure" of the one and only Stan Lee with officially authorized likeness of Stan "The Man" Lee (1:6 scale realistic head sculpt licensed and approved by Stan Lee). Features Phicen Articulated 1:6 Body. Outfit: sports jacket, black long sleeve sweater, white dress shirt, Gray Pants, White Shirt, Belt with Buckle, Pair of Socks, Pair of Shoes.

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Beast Kingdom Iron Man Mark XLIV Hulkbuster Life-Size Figure (3m) is NOT an April Fool's joke

First there was the 1/6th scale Hot Toys "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Hulkbuster 21-inch (55 cm) Collectible Figure (previewed HERE). Then there was the 1/4th scale Hot Toys "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Iron Man Mark XLIII 20" (49cm) Collectible Figure (posted HERE). Now there's this: the Beast Kingdom Iron Man Mark XLIV Hulkbuster Life-Size (1:1 scale) Figure which will be 3m high!

Beast Kingdom Toys is proud to present the LS-023 "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Iron Man Mark XLIV Hulkbuster Life Size Figure. The statue features fiberglass construction and automotive paint to perfectly represent the Iron Man armor. Every intricate parts seen in the movie is captured with expert sculpting and individually hand-painted, showing off the highly detailed mechanical construction. The statue has LED lights installed in the Iron Man's eyes, arc reactor, palms, vernier thruster, and knee (18 LED light-up points) that makes Hulkbuster look even more majestic. Every Hulkbuster life-sized statue features a paired with realistic movie scenery lookend base, that shows the unstoppable strength.


The Hulkbuster armor is a heavy-duty exo-frame designed for maximum strength amplification at the cost of reduced versatility and mobility. As its name suggests, it was specifically designed for hand-to-hand combat with the rampaging Hulk. During its maiden run, the armor enabled Stark to hold his own in sustained physical combat with the Hulk.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Presenting some 1:6 Warriors of a bygone era - Spartan, Greek, Romans, Gladiators & Knights

Just some random shots taken while I was cleaning the display shelves. You can see all my display shelves with the 1/6th scale figures inside posted on my toy blog HERE titled "Welcome to my new place!"

Before Man fought with guns, they had to settle matters with swords and shields, bringing the fight to his opponent up close, personal and brutal. The 2007 American fantasy war film "300" which was based on the 1998 comic book series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley gave us a very visual treat of the graphic violence that could have occurred in the past. Since few records about the actual martial arts used by the Spartans survive aside from accounts of formations and tactics, the fight choreography led by stunt coordinator and fight choreographer Damon Caro, was a synthesis of different weapon arts with Filipino martial arts as the base. Whatever the case, I found the film rather entertaining, since I've already read Frank Miller's "300" when it was first released. The film was a visual spectacle, with director Zack Snyder faithfully reproducing the scenes in the comic book onto the big screen. Snyder did say the film is "an opera, not a documentary. That's what I say when people say it's historically inaccurate".


Regardless, Hot Toys was able to secure the movie license and produce this excellent Movie Masterpiece Series MMS114 1/6th scale King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) 12-inch collectible figure from the 2007 movie "300" and it was a gem of its time. The figure has a seamless body without any visible joint lines and yet, the figure's articulation was not necessarily limited or restricted. This figure remains a one-off release and Hot Toys has never produced another seamless figure since. I believe the actual cost of producing this figure did not justify the price it was offered at. This King Leonidas 12-inch figure remains the center-piece of my 1:6 scale "pre-WWII" collection. Not far behind is the ACI Toys 1/6th scale Warriors III Roman General (Maximus Decimus Meridius) 12-inch figure based on the character played by Russell Crowe in the 2000 epic historical drama film "Gladiator" directed by Ridley Scott.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hot Toys Avengers: Age of Ultron 1/4th scale Iron Man Mark XLIII 20" (49cm) Collectible Figure

Pre-order from Sideshow Collectibles

“Isn’t why we fight so we can end the fight and go home?”

The path of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron collectibles by Hot Toys continues as the exciting blockbuster’s release date is getting closer! Since the reveal of the prototype at toy exhibition late last year, fans have already been anxiously waiting for this collectible figure, today we are very thrilled to officially present the first 1/4th scale Iron Man collectible figure – the Mark XLIII from Avengers: Age of Ultron!

The movie-accurate 1/4th scale Mark XLIII Collectible Figure is remarkably detailed and sophisticatedly crafted based on the image of Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Mark XLIII in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It stands 49cm (20 inches) tall, features a newly sculpted Tony Stark head sculpt, interchangeable helmeted head, specially applied metallic red, gold and silver armor, LED light-up functions on eyes, arc reactor and repulsors, LED lights shine through various areas of armor, removable armor parts, and a specially designed damaged Ultron Sentry diorama base with detachable head and arm.


Iron Man fans shouldn’t miss the chance to add the first 1/4th scale and the most detailed Iron Man collectible figure yet to your prized collection!

Pre-order from Sideshow Collectibles

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MC Toys 1/6th scale Russian Spetsnaz Officer of FSB Alfa with Assault Shield looks really COOL

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Important Note: This product is for military collectors & historic education purposes only, and it is not intended to glorify nor exploit the horrors and atrocities of war.

Spetsgruppa "A", also known as Alpha Group (a popular English name), or Alfa, whose official name is Directorate "A" of the FSB Special Purpose Center (TsSN FSB), is an elite, stand-alone sub-unit of Russia's special forces. It is a dedicated counter-terrorism task force of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), which primarily prevents and responds to violent acts in public transportation and buildings. It was created by the Soviet KGB in 1974. It is available for extended police duties, for paramilitary operations, and for covert operations, both domestically and internationally.

Several highly controversial actions made the force susceptible to criticism revolving around the loss of life among the hostages. One of these actions was the use of an unknown chemical agent to assist Alpha Group and the SOBR break the October 2002 Moscow hostage crisis, by knocking out the people inside the building. The FSB chemical attack resulted in the deaths of at least 129 hostages and serious damage to the health of many others, yet was hailed by the group's officers as their "... first successful operation for years".

Another controversy was the use of tank cannons, portable flamethrowers, and other weapons such as grenade launchers in Beslan, North Ossetia. On 3 September 2004, the local school was taken over by Chechen-led militants from Ingushetia, and was subsequently raided by the heavily armed FSB special forces of Alpha and Vympel. The Beslan siege turned out to be particularly bloody, costing the lives of more than 330 hostages, as well as at least seven Alpha members.


MC Toys ITEM: M-051 1/6th scale Russian Spetsnaz Officer of FSB Alfa with Assault Shield outfit / uniform set will come with Altyn helmets with bulletproof glass mask, vx600 Radio, 3 hole balaclava, Gorka E Autumn Mountain Division gowns + pants, Fluorescent Recognition arm sleeve, Short-sleeved t-shirt, Twill Molle defender-2 black bulletproof vest (with a girdle), radio pouch, Rapid Reload AK mag Pouch x4, Double AK Mag Pouch, Double Pistol mag pouch, RGO attack grenade x2, Double Grenade pouch, BACK pouch, FSB patch, flag patch, Magazine dump drop pouch, Belt, Tactical Drop Leg MOLLE Platform, RGO grenade attack x2, noks Dagger x1, noks dagger sets, Kneepad, x-boots, VANT-VM heavy shield.

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MC Toys 1/6th scale Russian Spetsnaz FSB Alfa Group (2004 Beslan Version) outfit for 12" figure

Important Note: This product is for military collectors & historic education purposes only, and it is not intended to glorify nor exploit the horrors and atrocities of war.

The Beslan school hostage crisis (also referred to as the Beslan school siege or Beslan massacre) started on 1 September 2004, lasted three days and involved the capture of over 1,100 people as hostages (including 777 children), ending with the death of 385 people. The crisis began when a group of armed Islamic separatist militants, mostly Ingush and Chechen, occupied School Number One (SNO) in the town of Beslan, North Ossetia (an autonomous republic in the North Caucasus region of the Russian Federation) on 1 September 2004.

On the third day of the standoff, Russian security forces stormed the building with the use of tanks, incendiary rockets and other heavy weapons. At least 385 hostages were killed, including 186 children, with a significant number of people injured and reported missing.


MC Toys ITEM: M-046 1/6th scale Russian Spetsnaz FSB Alfa Group (2004 Beslan Version) outfit / uniform set for 12-inch figure will come with Altyn helmet with bulletproof glass mask, vx600 Radio, vx600 radio helmet cable, Black mask with three holes, ss summer camouflage overalls, ss summer camouflage pants, green Defender-2 bulletproof vest, M23 Tactical Chest rig, vx600 radio package, Fluorescent light gray identify arm sleeve, Short-sleeved striped shirt, After hip pack, Belt, NR43 dagger, Dagger sets, Flares x2, RGO attack grenade x2, Kneepad, x-boots

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hot Toys Upcoming Releases: Iron Man Mark 43, Captain America, Marty McFly, Rocket & Groot

We have new backstage news for you all on the Hot Toys collectible figures that will be available very soon!

Fans will soon be able to get their hands on the Iron Man Mark XLIII, Captain America, and Series 1 of Artist Mix Figures Designed by TOUMA from the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marty McFly from Back to the Future, Rocket and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, and Whiplash Mark II from Iron Man 2!

Keep a look out for them in the near future!